A's coach Washington interviewing for Braves managerial job

A's coach Washington interviewing for Braves managerial job

OAKLAND -- The A's confirmed that third base coach Ron Washington is interviewing for the Atlanta Braves' managerial opening.

It's not surprising to hear that Washington, who led Texas to back-to-back World Series in 2010 and 2011, is getting attention. Since rejoining the A's staff last season, his work coaching up the A's infielders has drawn praise, particularly the development of shortstop Marcus Semien.

"I hate to lose him. I hope he gets it," A's manager Bob Melvin said Monday. "That's how highly I think of Ron Washington."

The Braves reportedly will also interview former Padres manager Bud Black and will consider their interim manager, Brian Snitker, as well.

Washington has been open about his interest in managing again. He resigned as Rangers manager late in the 2014 season for personal reasons before joining the A's coaching staff part way through 2015.

In conducting his end-of-season media address, Melvin said he would like to bring back his entire coaching staff for next season, but that the front office would be involved in those decisions.

A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter


A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter

For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.

The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.

Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.

"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.

In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.

A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.

On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth. 

Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round. 

Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams. 

The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.